Approved: 16.08.2006

Bettina Furnee

Artist, Maker, Art historian, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Bettina Furnée's practice is rooted in notions of site and language is the primary medium. The work is derived from an interest in the identity, history and future of a given place, and the way in which language relates to a certain position or duration. The work ranges from small text and video works to public art commissions and complex location-specific projects incorporating new media,

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  • Location: Cambridge, East
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Built environment, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Project management, Film-making, Photographic documentation
  • Categories: Project, Film & Video, Participatory, Public Art, Text
  • Tags: survival, oral history, sea, displacement, testimony, language, gender, poetry, interview, politics
 

Biography

Bettina Furnée's practice is rooted in notions of site and language is the primary medium. The work is derived from an interest in the identity, history and future of a given place, and the way in which language relates to a certain position or duration. The work ranges from small text and video works to public art commissions and complex location-specific projects incorporating new media, such as Powerhouse www.powerhouse.me.uk, Reality Rules www.2bok.com and If Ever You're In The Area www.ifever.org.uk. Her time-lapse film Lines of Defence documents the erosion of a text installation on the Suffolk coast during 2005, and is now in the collection of the British Film Institute. Bettina Furnée has first class degree in art history and an MA in public art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has a studio at Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1999 - BA hons Art History (first class), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 1994 - Theory and Practice of Public Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 1989 - Lettering, David Kindersley's Workshop, Cambridge 1983 - Propedeuse Art History, Leiden University, The Netherlands Solo exhibitions 2012 - Material Response, Ipswich Museum, Ipswich 2006 - If Ever You're in the Area, The Naze Tower, Walton-on-the -Naze 2005 - If Ever You're in the Area, firstsite @ the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester Group exhibitions 2012 - Poetry, Language, Code, Ruskin Gallery, ARU, Cambridge 2012 - Roaming, Aid&Abet, Cambridge 2011 - Invisible Dust, Science Festival, Cambridge, Cambridge lido 2011 - Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich 2011 - Material Response, Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich 2011 - The Tyranny of Grammar, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton 2010 - Pulse Fringe Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 2010 - Salon Video Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London 2010 - WAC Presents, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambs. 2003 - Making it East, Firstsite, Colchester 2003 - Out There, Crafts Council, London 1998 - The art of Remembering, Blickling Hall, Norwich 1996 - Words Revealed, MAC, Birmingham Residencies 2011 - Eastern Exchanges, Ipswich & Colchester Museums/National Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau 2008 - Space for 10, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge Public commissions 2012 - Het Huis des Levens, Stichting Historie Joods Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands 2011 - Field Day, Essex County Council, Colchester 2008 - I Will Do Right and other glass screens, UK Supreme Court, London 2008 - Piped Poetry, Millbank Primary School, London 2003 - paradise is, Centenary commission, Letchworth Garden City 2003 - Running Through The Blue, Eastrop Park Link, Basingstoke 2001 - Place/Space, Heigham Park, Norwich 2000 - Return of the Rivers/Spell against Sorrow, Wessex Water Services Operations Centre, Bath 1998 - Don't Push Me, Cardinal Park, Ipswich 1998 - Witness, Church Steet Bridge, Bilston, West Midlands 1997 - State of Rock, Hackney Community College, London 1995 - Moon Pool, Warwick University, Coventry 1993 - T S Eliot inscriptions, Victoria Square, Birmingham 1990 - Entrance panel, Arts Council England , London Projects 2012 - Reality Rules, Anglia Ruskin University/Futurecity, Parker's Piece, Cambridge 2008 - Powerhouse, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge 2006 - Lines of Approach, The Naze Tower & The Principality of Sealand, Walton-on-the-Naze/Sealand 2005 - If Ever You're in the Area, temporary outdoor installations , Bawdsey, Suffolk and Walton-on-the-Naze. Essex Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Roaming, Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England 2009 - Escalator Visual Arts, Arts Council England , Eastern region 2007 - Space for 10, The Arthouse, Wakefield 2004 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Eastern region Publications 2012 - Here's Luck 2008 - Piped Poetry 2008 - Space for 10 2005 - If Ever You're in the Area